Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling [18 VAC 115 ‑ 20]
Action Unprofessional conduct - conversion therapy
Comment Period Ended on 8/7/2019
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8/2/19  6:16 pm
Commenter: Sandra Polaski

Conversion Therapy Has No Place in Professional Counseling

Conversion therapy (I feel like "therapy" belongs in scare quotes here) has no place in professional counseling of any type. It is a practice that has been proven to increase rather than decrease the suffering of people who are forced to undergo it. I acknowledge that parents have a right to teach their children according to their own beliefs, and many people base their rejection of LGBTQ people on their faith traditions. None of this, though, is justification for professional counselors to participate in a discredited and dangerous practice. If individuals find their faith and their gender identity to be in conflict, and for the sake of their faith choose to live as hetero, they are certainly free to do so. Trying to frighten or force them into such a decision, however, is simply a form of abuse, to which no professional in the counseling profession should ever be a party.

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